It’s a little known secret that the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework – the regulation that governs the early years sector – only requires your nursery to have what we consider to be the bare minimum by way of qualifications in order to provide childcare: the Manager “must hold at least a full and relevant level 3 qualification and at least half of all other staff must hold at least a full and relevant level 2 qualification.” That means the majority of nurseries you may have seen would, most likely, have staff that meet this basic criterion. Our bilingual nursery staff team, on the other hand, are more than qualified. We believe they’re the most qualified team you’ll meet….
Position: Founder & CEO
Qualifications: MA Hons (Chinese & Japanese); Level 7 Management & Leadership (CMI – on-going) CACHE Level 3 Early Years Educator (on-going)
Training: Safeguarding Designated Lead (L5 – DSO); Prevent Duty; SEND Code of Practice,
Profile: Cenn set up Hatching Dragons 2015 in response to the lack of bilingual early years provision in his area and specifically to make Mandarin Chinese more accessible to those in the early years, at an age where language acquisition and fluency are most east to achieve. Prior to Hatching Dragons, Cenn set up an educational business in China, worked in commodities and in China related political and media affairs post graduation.
Position: Pedagogy Director
Qualifications: PGCE, MAEd (Harvard), CTA, BA Hons
Profile: A retired qualified teacher of over 30 years experience in UK education, Philippa brings a huge wealth of knowledge of pedagogy and educational practice to Hatching Dragons’ educational team. She managed an educational fund for Canary Wharf for over 20 years sponsoring research on early years literacy and language acquisition. She is a life governor of the pre-eminent children’s charity Coram, a Trustee of the Edgar Bainton Society and of the Levantine Foundation….
Position: Head of Mandarin
Qualifications: Early Years Teacher Programme, Institute of Education (L7) MA (Hons) Community Music; BA (Hons) Musical Performance; Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language; NVQ Childcare L3
NQF Grading: 7 in childcare & education Level 7 in Music
Training: Safeguarding (L2); Food Hygiene (L2); Epipen; Baby Training (L2); Paediatric First Aid; SEND Code of Practice; Prevent Duty
Profile: Li Jing has worked with Cenn in the formation of Hatching Dragons since before we had a nursery. Together they used to put on Shadow Puppetry and Mandarin Music Performances in cafes and event spaces throughout North London in a bid to build interest in the bilingual and bicultural concept. She has worked underneath Cenn in developing the central pedagogical pillars for the bilingual method at play in Hatching Dragons, utilising her extensive musical and creative expertise and her knowledge of China’s history, culture and arts to develop something that is truly consistently unique….